A Guide to WordPress and Blogging – Part 1

I am beginning a series starting today geared towards newbie blogger. The series will start with the installation of WordPress to using custom themes, writing the first post, installing RSS feeds, Social Marketing and monetization for long term blogging profits.

Today we start with finding a web hosting company that supports WordPress, and preferably has a 1 click installation feature for WordPress. Before delving this, I want to briefly cover why you should go with WordPress over other publishing platforms.

There are platforms such as Blogger.com, MovableType, Typepad and others who provide a similar setup for online publishers as WordPress does. The reason why you should to opt for WordPress is the versatile features it comes with as well as the almost unlimited number of Plugins that are available for free to enhance it and make your life easier. Another reason why WordPress is better is, for some mysterious reason, Google and other Search engines tend to love the system and index contents way faster than any other system out there. I have seen Google indexing WordPress content in as little as 2 hours. In other words, WordPress is the most Search Engine friendly content publishing system online.

Let’s move on.

There are many web hosts that have a control panel which supports 1 click installation of WordPress including auto creation of the required database. BlueHost, Host Monster, LunarPages are some of them. I am personally with LunarPages and so far they have proved worth the price. They cost about $7.95 if prepaid for a whole year and $6.95 for 2 years. You also get a domain name free for the life of your hosting with them. Here is a tip. When you signup with them, use the coupon 28offplus2 and you will get a discount of $28 plus 2 months extra hosting.

http://www.lunarpages.com

I could have given you an affiliate URL and made some commissions out of your purchase, but I did not. It isn’t unethical, but this is an educational series and I want to keep it free from any personal gains.

Ok, I take it you have signed up with LunarPages and are ready to roll. Go to http://www.lunarpages.com/login.php and type in your username and password. The screen looks like this:

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Once you login, you will be taken to the navigation page. Click on Control Panel logo on top.

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You will be taken to another page where you have to click the cPanel button again. This is an unnecessary step by LunarPages, but I guess it is a marketing gimmick. They get another chance to highlight a product and possibly gain affiliate commissions.

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You can see the button called cPanel on the left side. Click on it and you will be taken to the heart of your hosting account, The Control Panel.

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The above covers the entire cPanel home. By the way, cPanel is a trademark name of a company that provides control panel software for hosting companies.

In the above screenshot, you can see an option called Fantastico. It is the link with a smiley icon, the last in the line of icons. Fantastico is a third party 1 click installation software that provides seamless 1 click installation to over 50 different softwares. WordPress is one of them. Click on the Fantastico link.

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The above screen is the home of Fantastico. In the main page you can see in bold “WordPress”. These are my current WordPress installations in my account. The system is asking me to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress, which again is a 1 click process. LunarPages lets you host up to 10 domains in your account. I have hosted 6 so far.

On the left, you see a host of softwares that Fantastico currently supports. The 5th link is WordPress. Click on it.

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This is where the installation process begins. In the main page, click on “New Installation”.

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The above screen page will ask you for info regarding the installation. Let me quickly brush you on it.

Ø Install on Domain – Choose the domain name you want to install WordPress on.

Ø Install in Directory – If you want to install on a sub folder give a name here. It is preferable to leave it empty unless you have a site installed in the same domain already.

Ø Admin access data – Give a username and password. This is your access code for WordPress admin panel.

Ø Base configuration – Admin nickname is the name you want the public to see under the articles you post. You can give as admin or your name. Next is the admin email. This is the email associated with you WordPress account. Sitename is the name of your blog you want in the header area of the blog. People will associate the name with you. For example, Darren Rowse from ProBlogger. Normally it is the same as your domain name, unless you want something else. Description is a byline that goes below the Sitename. For example “Toy business -A Business Blog”, where A Business Blog is the description.

Ø Email account configuration – This is where you configure your email address so WordPress can send you alerts on comments and feedbacks left by readers. Leave the POP/SMTP server details as it is.

Click on “Install WordPress”.

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This page confirms to you that Fantastico has created the necessary MySQL databases for the installation. It also gives your access URL to your blog. Click on “Finish Installation”.

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If everything goes fine, you will get the above page. The installation is complete now. Please bookmark your admin panel URL. You can see it below the “Pease Notice” heading.

You have setup your WordPress platform and are ready to roll. Stay tuned for the next part where I show you how to setup your WordPress admin panel for a better blogging experience.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I’m currently using Typepad and I have no intentions of switching platform for quite some time, but if I ever do, I may go for WordPress, and in that case I will definitely come back here for tips and tricks. Keep up the good work!

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